Saturday 16 February 1918 We Lost 244

Ernest Ludlow MC & family

Captain Anthony Lionel Fenwick (Lincolnshire Regiment) is killed at Hulluch while on patrol endeavouring to capture some of the enemy who have been seen near to the part of the line that he is holding. He suddenly comes upon an enemy post and is instantly shot by machine-gun fire. His body will be found in a crater on 23rd March and is buried in the British cemetery near Bethune.  The 24 year old is the second son of Walter Lionel Fenwick JP of Wittam Hall, Bourne, Lincolnshire, and of his wife, Millicent, daughter of the Right Honorable Lord Robert Montagu PC JP DL.  Captain Fenwick was at Cambridge when the War broke out and immediately offered his services and was given a Commission in the Lincolnshire Regiment. In June 1915 he went with his Regiment to Gallipoli as ADC to General Maxwell. He was then attached to the Border Regiment, and on 21st August 1915, after his Colonel and many other Officers had been killed in action on Chocolate Hill, he took command of his Regiment. For his services he was mentioned in Despatches and recommended for the MC. In 1917 he was sent to France and was killed

Today’s losses include:

  • The son of a Justice of the Peace
  • The son-in-law of a Justice of the Peace and Deputy Lieutenant
  • A man who was awarded his Military Cross in the first group to ever receive the award
  • A soldier killed in an air raid on London with his wife and two sons
  • A family that will lose two sons in the Great War

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain Ernest Ludlow MC (Grenadier Guards) is killed during an air raid on London. While serving as a sergeant he was awarded a Military Cross in the first group to be awarded that decoration.  It is not just Captain Ludlow that is killed, but also his wife (Jessie Sophia), and his two sons (Ernest John, age 10 and Bernard E, age 4). Their house, within the grounds of the Royal Chelsea Hospital is destroyed by three large bombs dropped by one of six Gothas that have got through the London defenses. The family is buried with a memorial erected by the officers of the Grenadier Guards ‘In affectionate remembrance of a brave and esteemed colleague’.
  • Lieutenant John Peter Bevan Harold (Royal Field Artillery attached Royal Flying Corps) dies of wounds at age 23. His brother was killed in the sinking of HMS Hogue in 1914.